By Lucy Archinal-Hudson

Feel the Magic, an Australian charity dedicated to supporting grieving children and their families, is expanding their service with an online program.

A lot has changed here in Australia, we are all living with restrictions and the uncertainty of the future – but one thing that hasn’t changed is the grief that 1 in 20 young Australians are feeling after the loss of a parent/guardian or sibling.

The Healthy Grieving Program is a new grief education and support service that will allow Feel the Magic to provide ongoing support to Australian families and will be crucial in reaching children in isolated and remote areas, where grief support and counselling is difficult to obtain.

Modelled on Feel the Magic’s successful Camp Magic initiative, the Healthy Grieving Program has been adapted for video conferencing, where up to ten children per session will participate supported by their parent or guardian.

In multiple sessions over a weekend or evening they will form bonds and connections with others, while learning important strategies and skills for improving their emotional health, both individually and as a family.

Like Camp Magic, the Healthy Grieving Program will support Australian children aged 7 to 17. Participants are placed in groups with their peers to ensure that discussions are age appropriate and focused on the most beneficial outcomes for their stage in life.

Co-Founder and CEO James Thomas said these sessions would be facilitated by trained educators and mental health experts and include access to Feel the Magic’s clinical psychologist for any participants who require extra assistance following the program.

“We know through the success of our Camp Magic program how vital it is for grieving children to have a supportive network of peers, with feelings of isolation through grief common” said Mr. Thomas.

“The Healthy Grieving Program will not only allow us to provide support to our families in addition to Camps, but it will allow us to reach countless Australian children who may otherwise find it difficult to attend.”

The Healthy Grieving Program launches on Thursday 14 May 2020.

Due to the cancellation of the ACT, Sydney and Victoria Camp Magic programs in April & May, priority access will be offered to campers and families who missed attending as a result. If you would like to take part in the next available Healthy Grieving Program please register your interest Here.

Feel the Magic is funded entirely by donations and they are seeking support to help reach as many children as possible. The Healthy Grieving Program costs $199 per child or $1999 for 10 children. You can sponsor a young grieving life today by clicking Here.

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.